Ferragamo Icons

The “Icons” shoes

Today, Salvatore Ferragamo is a fashion brand offering all collections: womenswear, menswear, clothing, shoes, and accessories. However, until a few years ago, Ferragamo was synonymous with luxury, handcrafted shoes designed for stars worldwide. These shoes, today familiarly called “Icons”, perfectly express the elegance and the “savoir-faire” that distinguishes the excellence made in Italy.

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Among the first shoes to reach the status of “Icon”, which are still famous worldwide, are the Rainbow sandals, designed by Salvatore Ferragamo for Judy Garland in 1938 while the actress was filming the movie “The Wizard of Oz”. The times imposed restrictions, so Ferragamo created a cork wedge but covered it with suede strips, creating a colorful rainbow. Therefore, the Rainbow sandals are a great classic, an icon of style.

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The Rainbow sandals, created for actress Judy Garland in 1938

From the Forties, we find the sandals of the “Invisibile” collection, with their peculiar shaped heel and the upper made of very thin nylon stripes, invisible on foot.

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The Invisibile collection, with upper made of nylon strips

Ferragamo shoes feature an engineering study of the shape, making them exceptionally comfortable, not only elegant. In fact, all Ferragamo shoes, although mass-produced, are designed to fit different models of feet and fit. Among the actresses who wore Ferragamo’s shoes, we can mention Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Sophia Loren, Anna Magnani, Marylin Monroe, and, in more recent times, Nicole Kidman and Madonna, for whom Ferragamo created shoes for the film Evita.
Ferragamo also created shoes for famous men. Douglas Fairbanks Sr, in fact, wore Ferragamo slippers in the movie The Thief of Bagdad, from 1924; more recently, Daniel Brühl and Chris Hemsworth wore Ferragamo shoes to play two Formula One drivers in the movie Rush. Ferragamo.com

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The Tristana shoes, from 1950s
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The Surrealista shoes, also from 1938
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The flat shoes Audrey, created for Audrey Hepburn, in 1954

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